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We're passionate about food here at Halal Spot HQ so much so it's now a daily ritual for the team to go on Instagram and find out where and what our favourite Halal food bloggers have eaten. These guys love food, blogging about food, taking mouth watering pics of food and trying out new places to eat. This got us thinking "Wouldn't it be amazing if we could ask them what their favourite restaurant is and what dish they love to eat there". So we did :)
We want to say a massive thank you to all the Halal food bloggers who replied back to us with their answers because without their contribution this blog post wouldn't exist. So...
Being in London, there are so many places to go out and dine with family and friends! Funnily enough, my favourite restaurant is 200 miles away in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
Cona is a pure Halal fine dining restaurant that is unique to the UK. The passion of the owner Armi Ahmed comes through in his food and the ambiance of the restaurant. My favourite dish has to be the melt in the mouth Wagyu rib eye steak with pomme puree and the most flavoursome beef jus.
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The Bearded Food Guy
My fave place is probably Sahara grill, they don't have the best burger ever or the best steak ever but they have very good ones. They cook food the way I like, full of flavour and spices like the flavours I grew up with. I feel when I come here I've got countless choices, do I go with a 10oz burger or my fave T Bone steak? Sometimes I get both. They have some nice chops, or buffalo wings if you want something else or on the side.
So it ticks a lot of boxes and because it is all round restaurant where you can good variety I think that's why it tops my list so far.
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Hungry and Halal
One of my favorite spots to eat is Steakout in my hometown of Leicester. I’ve tried a quite a few things on the menu but my favourite is their Mac ’N’ Cheese burger. It’s a gourmet beef burger topped with a macaroni and cheese fritter, burger sauce, salad, served on a brioche bun – yummy scrummy! The food and service is spot on and I always leave the restaurant with a full and happy belly.
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ET Food Voyage
My favourite spot in London is Nosteagia. While everyone is going crazy over the bubble waffles in Chinatown, Nosteagia has been humbly serving these Hong Kong style bubble waffles and authentic Taiwanese bubble tea in Shoreditch for a couple of years now. Moving away from home across the globe, this is the place that gives me a sweet taste of home.
Bubble waffles are a traditional street food snack commonly found on the streets of Hong Kong and is something I grew up with. Nosteagia adds a variety of indulging toppings to appeal to the Western customers, resulting in this incredibly decadent treat that never fail to bring a smile to my face. It also serves one of the best bubble teas in London - its authentic taste brings back all those fond memories of hanging out with friends after school sipping bubble tea.
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Steak and Teeth
This is a question that we love to hate, but if we really had to choose, our favourite restaurant (thus far) would probably be Novikov. Exceptional food, attentive service and graceful surroundings await you at this dually wielded Pan-Asian and Italian establishment. It will certainly cost you an arm, a leg, and maybe a kidney, but if you have a special occasion coming up, it’s well worth the expenditure. Be sure to start with the soft and sweet “spiced chicken buns”, and end with the rich and earthy green tea crème brulee. After all, everyone knows that green tea neutralises calories, so you can eat this in front of your personal trainer without receiving a black eye.
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RESTURAUNT: Sahara grill. I prefer the Whitechapel branch over Gants hill WHY: so far whenever I have been it never fails to disappoint. ORDER: Lamb chops ( most amazing lamb chops EVER), and I usually get the chicken sauté with chips. The chicken sauté is like boneless chicken and veg in a delicious sauce, which u can dip your chips in.
SERVICE: very professional, no pervy waiters! I particularly like the staff in the Whitechapel branch as they are very friendly FACILITIES: prayer facilities, clean toilets. The Gants hill branch has an amazing wudu section. PARKING: Whitechapel area is generally not easy to park but evening time you can usually find somewhere PRICE: It is a bit pricey for everyday food, but the quality and experience makes it worth it. It's the kind of place you want to go to when you're celebrating.It's the one place I've been to many times.
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Food is life 93
Having to pick out one restaurant and one dish was ever so hard for me as I am a lover of all foods. I thought long and hard as to which place I should choose and came to the conclusion of Loco Mexicano. A beautiful little Mexican Joint in Bayswater, London. My favourite dish would have to be the beef tacos. The meat is ever so succulent and tender with runny cheese and I love how you add all your own bits as in guacamole and sour cream and salad, it is literally perfection.
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Blogs by FA
As a foodie, it was a meticulous task to come up with the name of 'one' most desired restaurants I love to indulge myself at. One of my recent finds have been the Hankies Cafe in Soho (London) that serves small plates, perfect for two to share, and enables one to enjoy a variety of food. Their menu isn't very extensive, but most of the things I've tried were all flavoursome.
My personal favourite at the cafe, was their Kidney & Keema that I paired with their popular 'hankies' or Roomali Roti (really thin, hand spun rotis cooked on a large hot round black tawa). The combo was delectable and appetising, and actually reminded me of my mum's keema (dry mince curry). To end the meal at Hankies, their Kulfis are a perfect treat. I tried both pistachio and gulkand (rose), and both were toothsome. Cherry on the top is that the Cafe serves Halal food (except for the seekh kebabs) and the price is mid-range, so it's easy on the pocket too!
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There's so many amazing Halal food establishments out there, but we always end up at Fargo's Food Factory in Birmingham, and that's simply because of their diverse menu. Everyone loves a good burger and Fargo's never let us down with their burgers.
We ordered a smokey beef burger which consisted of Monterey Jack cheese, smoked chicken rashers, sweet and smokey sauce, string fried onions, red onions, tomato and lettuce. The sweet and smokey sauce really added great flavour and we believe a good sauce is what makes a good burger.
With a bit of an oriental twist Fargo's also serve Chicken Katsu. The katsu sauce was on point, the chicken had that good crispy taste on the outside and the portion size left enough for someone else to dig in on the side. We'd recommend Fargos to practically anyone who loves great food consistency. The food portions are big enough to feed even the hungriest of people.
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the Foodie Bruva
As a food blogger I've tried many restaurants across mainly London but other cities aswel. I don't think I can pin point my favourite restaurant as there are so many that I love. But I can say that one cuisine that has never let me down is Turkish food. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't say this is my favourite cuisine as I love my Mexican and Chinese food .
Halal Foodie Couple
Many of our favourite restaurants happened to be the well known spots in the Balti Triangle in Birmingham. However, it was only after a conversation with a customer service advisor from Natwest that we discovered Duet...Birmingham's best kept secret located in Fort Dunlop and less than an hour away from Leicester!
There is a huge car park which is an instant bonus. The restaurant itself is beautiful inside, staff are very welcoming and care is taken with every meal. Duet brings the best of Indian and Italian dishes together in one place and as of yet we have never had a bad experience.
The dishes we would recommend include the Mix Grill and Chilli Chicken for starters. For mains, we always go for Lamb Karai along with either the Beef Fillet Steak or Pollo ai Funghi. There are a variety of options to choose from. If its your first time going, let your waiter know. They are very friendly and always happy to help with recommendations!
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Thai food is one of my favourite cuisines but it’s rare to find a restaurant that serves a variety of halal meat, not just halal chicken but beef, lamb and duck too. When I'm not sure where to go, I often end up here! Tiger Lily is a real hidden gem in Osterley, West London. Most of the dishes are delicious but if I had to choose a favourite it would be ‘Weeping Tiger’ which is a grilled sirloin steak dish marinated in black pepper and Thai herbs in a special Thai Sauce. It’s served in strips and super flavoursome and succulent. It’s also on the set menu so I usually go for that as you get four yummy starters too. It’s making me hungry just thinking about it!
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Kam vs Food
One of my favourite restaurants is Thainese and I love the Singaporean rice with chicken. The dish looks quite striking and it's the one I enjoy. The portion is generous and the skin on the chicken is crispy. The chicken is really tender too. You get greeted with a wave of soft and crunchy vegetables in the rice. I like adding some sweet chilli sauce because it enhances the flavour. The staff are extremely friendly and have an outstanding etiquette when dealing with customers.
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Halal Girl About Town
My all-time favourite Halal restaurant is Cona, up in Bradford. It is the first pure halal fine dining experience that can be found in the U.K. and is one of the best restaurants I have had the pleasure of dining at. Although it is difficult to choose my top dish from their fantastic menu, the beef wellington really is a delight. The fillet Cona use is incredibly tender, and is served alongside a rich and tasty beef jus.
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Bengali Halal Foodie
One of my favourite restaurants is called Bodrum in Portsmouth, owned and ran by a lovely Cypriot Turkish family. The menu is extensive and full of Turkish and Mediterranean delights but what sticks out the most for me is the dish "Ali Nazik" bursting with flavour, tender cut meat and served in a clay bowl with rice or chips (always go for the rice!). I always opt for the lamb but the chicken is also very good. I've tried Ali Nazik in other restaurants and nowhere does it as brilliantly at Bodrum
But if meat doesn't tickle your fancy then their grilled sea bass is perfection. Cooked with tender, love and care with portions that almost rival food challenges lol. I always finish my meal with rice pudding, which if you're lucky they give on the house, and refreshing Turkish tea. Do give it a try